1. Can Former Top Prospect Jonathan Martin Salvage Career After 49ers Release?

    UPDATE (3/27/15): It didn't take long for an NFL team to offer up chance No. 3 for Martin. As the Associated Press reported via USA Today , the Carolina Panthers claimed Martin off waivers Friday...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 32,461 reads 90 comments

  2. Is There Another First-Round Cornerback Behind Trae Waynes?

    In the National Football League, certain positions carry a higher premium than others. Quarterbacks. Offensive tackles. And in this day of pass-wacky offenses and tons of time in the nickel, most assuredly cornerbacks ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 9,973 reads 49 comments

  3. Why Shaq Thompson Is the Swiss Army Knife of the 2015 NFL Draft

    In today's NFL , versatility is key—especially on defense. With teams passing the ball more and more, size has become much less important at the safety and linebacker positions than athleticism and coverage ability...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 13,016 reads 34 comments

  4. Bears Are Best Fit for Ray McDonald to Salvage NFL Career

    They call Chicago "The Windy City," and the winds of change are certainly gusting at Soldier Field in 2015...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 22,312 reads 60 comments

  5. Which Teams Gained Most from NFL-Awarded Compensatory Picks?

    It's found-money day in the NFL . The close of business at Monday's owners meetings in Phoenix involved the awarding of compensatory picks, given annually to teams who lost players to free agency the year before...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 77,449 reads 102 comments

  6. Losing Starting Job to James Harrison Would Cement Jarvis Jones as Draft Bust

    Back in 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers used their first-round pick on Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 57,663 reads 117 comments

  7. Envisioning the New-Look Buffalo Bills Offense in 2015

    During his time as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and the head coach of the New York Jets , Rex Ryan has developed a reputation as one of the NFL 's top defensive minds...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 21,633 reads 61 comments

  8. Browns Offer Ideal Opportunity for Dwayne Bowe to Rejuvenate NFL Career

    It wasn't that long ago that Dwayne Bowe was considered one of the NFL 's best young wide receivers. Three 1,000-yard seasons in a span of four years. Fifteen touchdown catches in 2010...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 24,475 reads 105 comments

  9. Is Bernard Pierce Worth an NFL Roster Spot After Arrest, Release from Ravens?

    After enduring the fallout from the Ray Rice fiasco last year, the Baltimore Ravens have adopted a new hard-line stance. Run afoul of the law, and your spot on the team is in serious jeopardy...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 18,192 reads 33 comments

  10. What Does the Future Hold for Philip Rivers?

    For the past nine seasons, the San Diego Chargers have been led by quarterback Philip Rivers . The 33-year-old member of the famed " QB Class of 2004 " has guided the Chargers ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 20,078 reads 115 comments

  11. Boise State Pro Day Last Shot for Jay Ajayi to Stake Claim as NFL Draft's Top RB

    It's been drowned out a bit by the free-agent feeding frenzy of the past week (and what a week it was), but the march toward the 2015 NFL draft in Chicago rolls on...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 10,244 reads 34 comments

  12. Tramon Williams Joining Browns Boosts Secondary but Poses Troubling Questions

    After a quiet first week of free agency, the Cleveland Browns are taking things up a notch. The Browns signed a pair of veteran defenders on Monday, including cornerback Tramon Williams ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 25,777 reads 105 comments

  13. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Friday Signings and Trades

    Everything must GO! It's the rallying cry of hundreds of cheesy TV commercials—and apparently the 2015 New Orleans Saints. There's hasn't been a bigger mover and shaker in free agency this year than Mickey Loomis and the Saints...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 42,147 reads 106 comments

  14. Saints' Fire Sale Sign of Preparation for Life After Drew Brees

    I'm about to say something that will undoubtedly classify as blasphemy in the Crescent City. It's going to send more than one reader scrambling to the comments to say all sorts of ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 30,638 reads 125 comments

  15. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Thursday Signings and Trades

    DeMarco, whoa whoa whoa whoa. Heading into the third day of NFL free agency 2015, the biggest name left on the open market was undoubtedly Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 87,368 reads 82 comments

  16. Antonio Cromartie Signing Completes Jets' CB Overhaul, Puts Them All-In for 2015

    There are a few teams across the NFL who are most certainly not messing around in free agency in 2015. Philadelphia Eagles Grand Poobah Chip Kelly seemingly can't go a day without making a huge move...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 39,326 reads 250 comments

  17. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Wednesday Signings and Trades

    They say that the waiting is the hardest part. Well, Tom Petty said it, anyway. Miami Dolphins fans were singing along with Petty Tuesday...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 178,559 reads 141 comments

  18. NFL Free Agency 2015: Grades for Tuesday Signings and Trades

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. After three days of legal tampering that saw the rumors and speculation flying fast and furious, 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday marked the official beginning of the 2015 league year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 519,318 reads 543 comments

  19. Is Brandon Flowers to Chargers the Steal of Early Free Agency?

    We see it all the time in the National Football League. Every year, free agency kicks off with a bang, as the top available players hit the jackpot with wildly lucrative contracts...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 23,078 reads 40 comments

  20. Re-Signing Brandon Graham Best Move Eagles Have Made So Far in Free Agency

    It's been a rough couple of days for the Philadelphia Eagles , at least in the court of public opinion...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 20,906 reads 47 comments

  21. Eagles' Reported Offer to Byron Maxwell Epitomizes Free-Agency Overspending

    It happens every year. For some teams, it's a matter of too much cap space burning a hole in their pockets. For others, it's a matter of panic borne of a glaring need at another position...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 355,835 reads 440 comments

  22. The Sports Tax Man Breaks Down the Financial Ins and Outs of NFL Free Agency

    On March 10, the free-for-all begins, when the floodgates open and free agency kicks off across the NFL . There's already been a boatload of speculation regarding potential destinations for this year's top free agents...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 8,616 reads 6 comments

  23. Dolphins Would Be Making Major Mistake by Breaking Bank for Ndamukong Suh

    On Saturday, the floodgates opened across the National Football League. Well, sort of. Teams can't yet sign on the dotted line with players, but with the "legal tampering" period ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 16,887 reads 63 comments

  24. Seahawks Swimming Against Current with Marshawn Lynch Extension

    Every year in the Pacific Northwest, thousands of Pacific salmon swim upstream, making the long trek from the ocean to the rivers where they were spawned...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 108,357 reads 204 comments

  25. How Much Does Reggie Wayne Still Have to Offer NFL Teams?

    The NFL can be a very harsh business. We're seeing that play out in a big way this week. Former franchise cornerstones like New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 26,726 reads 51 comments